Phones leak all the time. But few high-profile devices have leaked as completely as Google’s Pixel 3 XL. Months before being announced, it has had what appear to be nearly feature-complete models floating around the public. These clearly misplaced test devices have shown up in photos and YouTube videos that have given us a thorough look at Google’s next phone.
So far, the smaller Pixel 3 hasn’t been the subject of nearly as many leaks, so info about that device remains somewhat slimmer. But at this point, it’s going to be hard to keep much about Google’s next generation of phones under wraps before their early October announcement.
Nov 16, 2018
Surely you remember the fateful week when Google’s big day was spoiled — when Russian bloggers revealed the Pixel 3 phone to the world in all its glorious detail? We still don’t know how, exactly, a batch of phones fell into their hands, but it may have just happened again: Russian tech blog Rozetked claims that you’re looking at the first images of the “Pixel 3 Lite.”Read Article >
And unless our eyes deceive us, this phone comes with a bona fide headphone jack.
Oct 15, 2018
When Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh introduced the Pixel 3 last week, he didn’t utter the word “Android” a single time. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are Google phones. They swim in a sea of Google data and promise to use Google’s machine learning to make everything better: photos, annoying spam calls, even your “digital wellbeing.”Read Article >
Google’s hardware division isn’t three years old yet, but the Pixel 3 is the third revision of its own smartphone. Google making its own hardware is no longer a novelty, and at this point, there’s been enough time for us to get a sense of its priorities and design.
Oct 9, 2018
In the weeks leading up to today’s Made by Google event, leaks of the latest Chromecast model surfaced pretty much... everywhere. At Best Buy and Walmart, customers were able to pick them off the shelves and walk out before the device was even officially announced. Just hours before today’s event, an online retailer in the UK listed the device as up for purchase, allowing you to add it to your basket and check out. The item is listed at £29.99.Read Article >
The listing has since been updated to say it is “unavailable,” but the link to the product page is still active if you want to spend the rest of your morning refreshing and waiting for the message to switch back to “in stock.” There’s nearly nothing left to leak at this point, so maybe you should just join us on The Verge’s live blog coverage of the Made by Google event to see if the company has any surprises left in store.
Oct 9, 2018
Google just can’t catch a break with the Pixel 3. A Verizon promotional page suggests that the handset will start at a price of $799.99 for its 64GB model. If true, this would would make it $150 more expensive than the Pixel 2 was at launch.Read Article >
The deal advertises that consumers can get a second 64GB Pixel 3 for free with the purchase of one of the phones, with the $800 upfront cost of the free device being refunded over the course of a 24 month contract. The deal doesn’t always display on the Verizon Wireless site (we had to refresh a few times and use incognito mode).
Oct 9, 2018
Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have already leaked pretty much in their entirety, as have a vast majority of the company’s other hardware announcements slated for its New York City event tomorrow. But the leakers aren’t done yet. With less 24 hours to go until the event kicks off at 11AM ET, we have a round of fresh leaks that shed light on the Pixel 3’s new artificial intelligence-powered camera features and give us another glimpse at the available color schemes.Read Article >
From VentureBeat’s Evan Blass, we now have some more photos showing off the Pixel 3 and its larger variant in all three available colors. That includes the white, black, and new pink “sand” option, which first leaked last week:
Oct 4, 2018
We’re just a few days away from Google officially announcing the Pixel 3, but that doesn’t mean we’re out of leaks yet. The latest from Android Headlines shows off renders for an as-yet-unseen “sand” (read: pink) color, joining the previously leaked black and white models.Read Article >
But what’s interesting about this leak (aside from its almost uncomfortably flesh-toned appearance in these renders) is that an earlier hint from Google had previously indicated that the third Pixel 3 color would be a green-toned mint (which would also match its latest Google Home Mini color option). That said, unlike the pink sand model, there’s still no sign (either in render or leaked hardware) of a mint model.
Oct 4, 2018
The Pixel 3 XL may have the honor of being the most leaked smartphone in history. So with just days to go before Google formally introduces the phone at its New York City event, it seems like we know nearly everything that’ll be announced.Read Article >
We’ve rounded up all the details that have leaked so far about the Pixel 3 XL and the smaller Pixel 3, along with all the details that are still rumored and a couple of the unknowns that we’re waiting to find out about on Tuesday. The event is happening on October 9th at 11AM ET, and we’ll be there to cover the news.
Sep 27, 2018
A leaked promotional video from the Pixel 3 has shown off the phone’s ability to quickly scan an email address from a business card without even having to take a photograph. The video, posted by MySmartPrice, also appears to confirm the return of Active Edge functionality and gesture controls.Read Article >
This business card scanning functionality is already available as part of Google Lens, where it’s able to create a new contact based on the information on a photograph of a business card. The difference here is that the Pixel 3 appears to be able to scan details using the native camera app without needing to take a photo first and then open your email app directly.
Sep 25, 2018
Just about everything you might want to know about what Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 looks like has been leaked, and we still have two weeks to go until the official unveiling event. Today brings a little something on the software side: an updated Google Wallpapers app for the Pixel 3. The animated “live” wallpapers dynamically change as you tilt your device, play music, or unlock the phone. Some also passively shift as the day progresses to match the time.Read Article >
The leaks come from MySmartPrice, and you can download the wallpapers through this Google Drive link. There’s even an APK to download the new Wallpapers app, but it seems like the download limit has been reached. Even if you’re able to get it, you’ll need a Pixel 2 phone running Android Pie. Those outside of this limitation can just browse through the 28 wallpapers and use them as static backgrounds. Now we can all pretend we have the new Pixel 3 on hand until the actual event on October 9th.
Sep 24, 2018
Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones may be among the most leaked devices in modern consumer electronics history. With just two weeks to go until the official October 9th press event, where both devices will be unveiled presumably alongside some other Google-made hardware products, we’re getting yet another visual leak of the handsets, courtesy of WinFuture.Read Article >
This comes after a torrent of leaks revealing what the devices look like and what the specs are, in addition to a look at a test device out in the wild when it was left in the backseat of a cab. This new leak, which includes a bunch of renders of the front and back of the devices, doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know or have been almost certain of for quite some time now, thanks to prior leaks. The new set of images does, however, confirm the existence of white and black color options. (We kind of assumed that would be the case, as it has been with past Pixel devices, but better to know for sure.)
Sep 3, 2018
It’s been the subject of creepshots on public transit. It’s reportedly been stolen and sold for thousands on the black market a full two months before its official announcement. And in the latest leak of Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 XL, well, someone accidentally left the thing in their Lyft. It happens to the best of us, right? It’s understandable that people with test units might be letting their guard down a bit since this phone has already been so thoroughly leaked.Read Article >
The driver, a Pixel 2 XL owner himself, quickly realized that he was handling the latest Pixel; there’s no mistaking that notch. After shooting a few photos and sending them to Android Police, he returned the pre-production Pixel 3 XL to its rightful (and probably enormously thankful) owner. The phone was in a case, which will probably be a must-have accessory now that the entire back is all glass.
Aug 27, 2018
Google will unveil its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones on October 9th, according to Bloomberg, with the event scheduled to take place in New York City. (The date and location were mentioned in Mark Gurman’s report on the upcoming 2019 iPhones.) The Pixel and Pixel 2 were both announced on October 4th in 2016 and 2017, respectively. The launch target and new event location — previous Pixel events were held in California — comes after weeks of thorough leaks, photos, and plenty of video footage of the larger Pixel 3 XL device.Read Article >
We’ve now seen the phone (and its deep, deep notch), Google’s bundled USB-C earbuds, and even the packaging and included stickers from every angle. Some videos have also poked around the pre-release software for new features like added beauty effects and wide-angle “super selfies” on the front-facing camera. Just a few days ago, someone even put out a 1080p unboxing of the thing, which is embedded below. There is zero mystery left about this phone’s design and hardware, but at least we know it’ll include wireless charging capabilities.
Aug 23, 2018
The Pixel 3 and 3 XL leaks keep coming, and today, 9to5Google reports additional details on both devices’ camera setups. The report says that both devices’ rumored dual, front-facing cameras will house one wide-angle sensor, so users can take “Super Selfies.” These cameras would also ship with an improved portrait mode. Google seems to be sticking with the single, rear-facing camera.Read Article >
Every leak we’ve seen so far shows that Google is leaning into the notch trend with one at the top of both devices, and 9to5Google says that the dual-camera system could be used to create a new facial recognition system, but the publication’s source didn’t give much in the way of confirmation. This source also tells 9to5Google that the phones will ship with a new Visual Core chip that’ll allow for additional functionality. But again, there are no details provided.
Aug 22, 2018
We’ve been seeing a steady stream of Pixel 3 leaks since June, and even more photos and videos have surfaced today, including purported sample photos taken with the Pixel 3 XL camera. The images appeared on Russian tech blog Rozetked, which reveals basically everything about the phone before the Pixel’s official launch. The leaks show everything presumably included in the box, including USB-C Pixel Buds, a charger, and a USB-C headphone dongle.Read Article >
There’s also multiple shots of the phone itself. The deep notch is still very much a part of the 1440 x 2960 display on the Pixel 3, and it’ll reportedly have a Snapdragon 845 processor and come with Android 9 Pie.
Aug 8, 2018
We’re still presumably months away from the official Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL announcement, but that isn’t stopping the leakers. The latest images of Google’s next flagship appear to show finalized production hardware and what seems to be a pair of wired USB-C Pixel Buds.Read Article >
The pictures come from Russian tech blogger Канал Лучкова’s Telegram channel (via Android Police), and they’re in line with earlier images we saw from other Pixel 3 XL leaks, including the already controversial notch. In these admittedly less-than-ideal shots, it appears to be a bit deeper than some users would like. (The Verge’s resident notch expert, Vlad Savov, commented that he finds it to be “the worst of all the notches so far.”) This time, the engineering emblem on the back seen in prior leaks has been replaced by Google’s G logo, so the phone has seemingly moved much closer to final production.
Jul 30, 2018
New images of the Pixel 3 XL have appeared on XDA Forums, courtesy of member dr.guru, and this time, they show off an all-white color scheme for Google’s larger Android smartphone. They also seemingly confirm the deep notch revealed in the first set of Pixel 3 XL leaks in June.Read Article >
The new white model leaked by dr.guru seems to be almost identical to the black version that leaked earlier. There’s the same prototype logo on the back instead of Google’s usual “G” and with the same notch, chin, stereo speakers, single rear camera, and dual-front facing lenses. The two-tone black-and-white color scheme from last year’s model has been replaced with a totally white back, similar to the original Pixel XL.
Jun 7, 2018
Two photos of what looks like an early prototype of Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 XL have been leaked. The images first surfaced over at the XDA forums and were then posted by Android Police. The phone’s external design — notch, chin, stereo speakers, and single rear camera — line up with recent rumors and a report from Bloomberg that revealed some of what Google has in store for consumers this fall. Instead of Google’s signature G, the device has a different emblem on the glass back, which is likely there to designate that it’s non-final prototype hardware.Read Article >
The dual front-facing cameras inside the phone’s notch were also mentioned in Bloomberg’s report, though we still don’t know what the second sensor will be used for. The pictures also reveal a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. What’s most peculiar to me about the design is that the Pixel 3 XL seemingly has glossy sides running all around it, whereas the Pixel 2 (particularly in black) had a matte, textured finish aside from the glass section at the top. There’s still a matte portion here, but it almost looks like it’s a specially treated area of a glass rear panel. There’s no obvious line break between the two.
May 30, 2018
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will debut in October and retain Verizon as the exclusive US carrier, according to Bloomberg. That’s the same sales strategy that was in place for the prior two generations of Google’s smartphones; you’ll again be able to purchase the new phones unlocked direct from Google.Read Article >
The XL-sized Pixel 3 will reportedly have a notch at the top of its display. That shouldn’t come as a surprise when you consider all the changes Google has made to make Android P more friendly to display cutouts. It will feature a “nearly edge-to-edge screen” and a chin at the bottom. So, take a look at the OnePlus 6 or LG G7 and you’re probably on the right track as to what the Pixel 3 XL will look like. Bloomberg claims that the Pixel 3 XL’s notch won’t be as wide as the iPhone X’s, but says it’s “taller.” Maybe that means it cuts into the display more?